Illinois urges backyard bird flu precautions

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John Badman|The Telegraph A squirrel decided to join his friends this week at a feeder in the 3600 block of Aberdeen Avenue in Alton. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently asked state residents to stop using their bird feeders and birdbaths until at least May 31. The effort is help to slow the spread of Avian Flu that has infected many differnt bird species, including bald eagles. Some 30 million cases have been found in 33 states and the flu can be spread to humans, poultry, cats and dogs, pigs, tigers, leopards, ferrets and rats. The squirrel is a close cousin to rats and mice though there have not been any publicised cases of the bird flu in squirrels yet. Avoid contact with bird feces, which is a common method of spread. DNR officials also recommend washing your feeders with a diluted concentration of bleach water to disinfect them.

John Badman|The Telegraph A squirrel resolved to be part of his good friends this 7 days at a feeder in the 3600 block of Aberdeen Avenue in Alton. The Illinois Division of All-natural Means not too long ago asked state people to cease using their fowl feeders and birdbaths until at the very least May possibly 31. The energy is aid to gradual the distribute of Avian Flu that has infected quite a few differnt bird species, which include bald eagles. Some 30 million conditions have been located in 33 states and the flu can be unfold to humans, poultry, cats and puppies, pigs, tigers, leopards, ferrets and rats. The squirrel is a close cousin to rats and mice however there have not been any publicised situations of the bird flu in squirrels nevertheless. Steer clear of get in touch with with chicken feces, which is a common method of unfold. DNR officers also propose washing your feeders with a diluted concentration of bleach drinking water to disinfect them.

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ALTON — The Illinois Section of Natural Assets has asked state residents to prevent employing chicken feeders and birdbaths until finally at least May well 31.

The effort and hard work is aid to sluggish the unfold of Avian Flu that has contaminated several various fowl species, including bald eagles. Some 30 million circumstances have been uncovered in 33 states and the flu can be unfold to humans, poultry, cats and puppies, pigs, tigers, leopards, ferrets and rats.

Folks are also advised to stay away from make contact with with fowl feces, which is a widespread process of spreading the Avian Flu. DNR officers also advise washing fowl feeders with a diluted focus of bleach h2o to disinfect them.